Latest Modernization Update
Message from Good Samaritan University Hospital President Ruth E. Hennessey (updated Nov. 23)
Can it be December already? It is incredible how fast this year has gone! With all of the incredible progress connected to the campus modernization, Good Samaritan University Hospital has made great strides this year towards its goal of “Shaping the Future of Health Care.”
I am pleased to say that the activity toward the west side of our campus related to flood mitigation improvements is close to completion. We expect work within that area to wrap up before the end of Spring 2023. This strategic project will not only help keep the hospital resilient in the face of heavy rains, increased ground water and storm surge, but will also provide a level of flood mitigation for our neighbors located adjacent to the hospital campus. Please be assured that all work with continue to occur Mondays through Fridays from 7 am to 3 pm to alleviate and noise or vibrations during the early morning, late afternoon and evening hours.
Upon completion of that portion of the project, the majority of all construction will be focused on the north side of the hospital. This will be the site of the future Patient Care Pavilion and Visitor Parking Lot. Two new structures have already been erected in that area and will be complemented soon by some of the initial steel for the Pavilion. We will continue to keep you updated as these milestones occur.
I would like to once again extend my thanks to all of our community members for allowing Good Samaritan to commit to excellence and transform the way health care is delivered. Our goal is to become the most trusted health partner to all the communities we serve. With your help, we continue to move closer to achieve this.
If you have any questions related to the campus modernization or the Patient Care Pavilion, please email Director of Public & Community Relations Justin Jaycon at (631) 376-4104 or Justin.email@example.com.
Ruth E. Hennessey
President, Good Samaritan University Hospital
Modernizing and Enhancing Services for Our Community
The parable of the Good Samaritan, the ultimate story of a neighbor helping another, has been the foundation of Good Samaritan Hospital. It speaks to the mission of caring for, and partnering with, the neighbors of West Islip as well as the rest of the south shore of Long Island.
To be a reliable neighbor, Good Samaritan University Hospital must continue to provide the highest level of health care, offer the communities on the south shore new award-winning programs, and realign to become an increasing resilient facility when faced with powerful storms, natural disasters and other hazardous events.
Sweeping changes in health care over the past ten years have prompted us to plan more than ten years forward to develop medical programs that can serve the needs of our community well into the future. An advanced medical center, breakthrough technology and state-of-the-art facility also provides the tools to continue to attract physicians, nurses and other health professionals to live and work on Long Island.
Good Samaritan University Hospital and its leadership is committed to working closely with our community on our expansion and growth initiatives.
Enhanced Emergency Department Services
Catholic Health Chair of Emergency Medicine Christopher Raio, MD, discusses future plans for the Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency Department.
Our Expansion Plans
Services & Programs
Good Samaritan University Hospital’s service area includes the communities on the western portion of the south shore of Suffolk County, and largely, Suffolk County as a whole. Our vision is to continue to provide the highest level of health care, offer the communities on the south shore of Long Island high-quality programs and services, and realign to become an increasingly resilient facility.
Our community's health needs are changing and patients expect cutting-edge services and private space. Good Samaritan University Hospital has recently added a number of new, advanced services and technology, such as the Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center of Long Island and an expanded interventional cardiology and radiology suite. Future plans include more state-of-the-art technologies and environments that will attract high quality physicians and surgeons to the community.
Although the overall population will only grow about 2.3% from 2017 to 2027, the 65 and over age bracket is projected to grow by nearly 26%, which is significant. This is an indicator that the services mentioned are critical and will be much-needed to care for the residents of Suffolk County. Expanding and enhancing the facility now and having state-of-the-art technology and services will enable Good Samaritan University Hospital to care for our community well into the future.
Good Samaritan University Hospital's Emergency Department is often the first point of contact for both adults and children throughout Suffolk County in need of health care, seeing nearly 80,000 patients a year. With an unmatched level of services, including the only Verified Level 2 Trauma Center for both adults and pediatrics on the south shore of Long Island, it is not surprising that this volume represents the second highest amount of emergency department visits in Suffolk County. With such a high demand for emergency services, Good Samaritan Hospital's surrounding community and our health care professionals deserve the best medical experience possible.
A need existed to immediately enhance our Emergency Department, creating a completely separate experience for pediatric patients and their families, and eventually, providing a larger state-of-the-art facility. A redesign of the Emergency Department's waiting and triage areas has already allowed for better patient flow. The opening of the new Pediatric Emergency Department has provided a more distinct separation between the pediatric and adult waiting and treatment areas. Emergency treatment bays will be developed to alleviate overcrowding and provide a safe and secure environment for patients and their families. This enhanced Emergency Department will act as a bridge to a larger modernization project—the Patient Care Pavilion.
To better shape the future of health care, Good Samaritan University Hospital has developed plans for a Patient Care Pavilion providing health care solutions for the growing population on the south shore of Long Island. This option was based off of data from a number of different sources, including a needs assessment that also identified many challenges related to the current campus facility, a long-term and capacity analysis report from Kaufman Hall (a third party consultant specializing in health care) conceptualizing how a future health care facility should be structured, overall facility priorities, community needs and the current costs for construction.
The total number of beds provided by Good Samaritan University Hospital will not increase. Instead, it will remain at 437 and stay current with the advancements in medical technology, insuring a wide variety of benefits to south shore residents.
The Patient Care Pavilion will be a new six-story addition with construction beginning at a time to-be-determined between now and 2022 that will include:
- An enhanced emergency department, allowing Good Samaritan University Hospital to care for the nearly 80,000 visits by local community residents every year—consistently the second highest in Suffolk County
- A larger surgical suite, which will include an additional 16 operating rooms, a new perioperative area and sterile processing and support—required due to the continued move toward more minimally invasive and outpatient surgical procedures
- A private medical surgical unit featuring 36 single patient rooms with the ability to renovate additional floors to increase the number of private rooms to 120.
Many initial steps have been taken to assist in the development of the Patient Care Pavilion, including:
- Parking and traffic studies
- Length of Stay reductions and the development of a central command center to assist with patient flow
- Conversations with the Town of Islip on overall needs of the community
- Conversations with local resident organizations throughout West Islip for feedback
Ruth Hennessey, President
John McMurray, Chief Operating Officer
Joseph Loiacono, Senior Vice President of Planning & Development
Justin Jaycon, Director of Public & Community Relations
Enhanced Surgical Services
Catholic Health chairman of neurointerventional services Kimon Bekelis, MD, discusses how the Patient Care Pavilion will enhance surgical services.